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Cannabis linked to Biblical healing

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Jesus Christ and his apostles may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil to help cure people with crippling diseases, it has been claimed.

 

Researchers in the United States say the oil used in the early days of the Christian church contained a cannabis extract called kaneh-bosem.

 

They suggest the extract, which is absorbed into the body when placed on the skin, could have helped cure people with a variety of physical and mental problems.

 

The author of the article, published in the US drugs magazine High Times, says his findings are based on a study of scriptural texts.

 

The article does not question the validity of the miracles reported in the Bible but rather examines whether the early Christian Church may have made use of substances with an active medical effect.

 

It does not rule out the role played by blind faith in Christ.

 

Chris Bennett said cannabis was widely used at the time to heal the sick.

 

"The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records."

 

He said the ancient anointing oil contained high levels of cannabis extract.

 

"The holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus, contained over six pounds of keneh-bosum - a substance identified by respected etymology, linguists anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs.

 

"The ancient annointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture."

 

Mr Bennett suggested the drug may have played a role in some healing miracles carried out by Jesus and his disciples.

 

He wrote: "In the ancient world, diseases such as epilepsy were attributed to demonic possession.

 

"To cure somebody of such an illness, even with the aid of certain herbs was considered exorcism or miraculous healing.

 

"Interestingly, cannabis has been shown to be effective in the treatment of not only epilepsy but many of the other ailments that Jesus and the disciples healed people of such as skin diseases, eye problems and menstrual problems."

 

Mr Bennett said the findings suggested that it was unchristian to persecute people who used cannabis.

 

"If cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient Christian anointing oil, as history indicates, and receiving this oil is what made Jesus the Christ and his followers Christians, then persecuting those who use cannabis could be considered anti-Christ."

 

However, Christian groups in the United States have rejected Mr Bennett's claims.

 

They have insisted that the arguments made in the article are lame.

 

In a response to the article published on JesusJournal.com, critics said: "As many of us know firsthand, Jesus often becomes the final hope for the pharmacologically impaired."

 

John Cunyus, the author of a book on Christian healing, said: "Well, the Bible does say that St. Stephen was stoned... but perhaps not in that sense!"

 

 

from http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/heal...lth/2633187.stm

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Stupid... why don't we make a thread for every other herb used in that oil? BECAUSE THEY DON'T GIVE YOU THE FUN AND WACKY STONERICITY AND THEREFORE YOU DON'T CARE IF IT'S LEGAL OR NOT.

 

Thumbs down for pro-legalizers who cite random benefits of marijuana when all they really want it to be legal for is to get stoned.

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i bet the other herbs in the oil are legal. I don't care either way, because I'm gonna go smoke a joint right now, not worrying about facing years of jail time in some penitentiary.

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ha.i once read in a canabis culture magazine that moses tripped shrooms and that it was "the most holy of gods creations".a lot of that shit is just taken out of context to the benefit of pro-legalization groups.silly shit.why dont they all just come out strait and say WE WANT IT TO BE LEGALIZED BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE LIKE TO GET HIGH.i mean the medicinal marijuana thing is getting played out and most people think its a joke.just come out and say what you mean.at least its not crack.

 

edited for stupid looking spelling error

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Guest sneak

"what if god smoked cannabis?"

- what if indeed....

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Guest sneak

god created grass, man made beer.

who do you trust?

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"weapon x linked to retardation."

 

did you get this from the fucking onion?

 

you are presenting us a 'scientific' study, based on the midcal treatments of someone who has never been proven to have actually existed.

and yet im supposed to get all fucking clap-happy? i dont give a fuck about the bible, so im sure as shit not going to care what oils a ficticiouis person may or may not have used.

 

im with mamero. i dont think pot should be illegal, but i fucking hate pro-legalization morons spouting absolutely irrelivent facts as a thinly veiled attempt to get it legalized for smoking.

 

fucking retards.

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c'mon, now. I just posted this for the hell of it. I see so many ridiculous threads, and I came across this page and posted it. I never said I believed it, did I? As a matter of fact, I think the article is hilarious for the same reasons you're hating on it.

 

and no, not the Onion.com, but bbcnews.

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